Gamepad Keychain Set To Bring Tactile Controls To Mobile Devices

By September 24, 2012

As mobile gaming becomes more and more advanced, gamers are looking for a true console experience to come along for their smartphones. The only issue is that touch controls are severely limit the kind of gaming experiences we can have on our mobile devices, holding them back despite the advanced technology ever-advancing under the hood. One California company has just launched a Kickstarter to solve the pain and clunkiness of touchscreen controls with a multifunctional mini controller keychain.

Self-dubbed as the world’s smallest wireless controller for mobile devices, the iMpulse is a Bluetooth connectable controller equipped with four face buttons and a circular thumbstick. Created by LA’s Black Powder Media, the wireless controller will enable gamers to enjoy the same touchscreen titles they’ve already been playing and experience emulated classics the way they were meant to be played.

“Physical controllers gave us a level of tactile response and immersive experience that’s completely lost on touchscreen,” Black Powder Media owner Art Currim stresses in the project’s Kickstarter video.

Best of all, gamers won’t have to wait for mobile developers to release titles that work exclusively with the new device. According to Black Powder Media the controller will already work with hundreds of games already on the market for iOS and thousands more for Android. The controller additionally functions as a key finder and a remote control for video playback or for taking pictures at a distance.

The iMpulse Game Controller has only just started a run on Kickstarter hoping to reach a near $50,000 goal in the next month and a half. Gamers have already rallied around the device, raising more than $26,000 of Black Powder’s goal. Gamers can snatch one of their own for only $30, with an anticipated delivery date of February.

The very reasonable pricepoint and multiple functions of the device should make it an extremely attractive offer for even casual mobile gamers. I have to admit it would be a nice change of pace to play a game on my iPhone and also be able to see what’s actually going on underneath all that finger swiping. Swing by the Kickstarter page to find out more about the new keychain controller.

Corey Cummings

Corey is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he received degrees in English and Creative Writing. He currently lives in Chicago and enjoys alternately obsessing over video games that aren't out yet and crazy gadgets he can't afford.